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2011 Domaine Yves Cuilleron Condrieu Les Ayguets Doux
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

(bottled with 100 g/l residual sugar):  Full gold.  Flamboyant aromas of apricot nectar, orange marmalade, vanilla and ginger, with a bright mineral topnote.  Big, concentrated and luscious, displaying intense pit and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of bitter citrus zest.  Extremely sweet and lush but showing unlikely vivacity thanks to a bracing jolt of acidity.  Finishes juicy and very long, with resonating orange and pit fruit liqueur qualities.

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About Condrieu

The finest rendition of Viognier comes from the small Rhone Valley appellation of Condrieu, where the best wines from steep, granite-rich slopes show an exotic perfume of peach, apricot, pear, spring flowers, and honeysuckle; a rich but normally dry middle palate; and an overall sense of delicacy. A growing number of wines are being made with substantial residual sugar, but the trend to increasing...
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Emerging from the tiny appellation of Condrieu in the northern Rhone, Viognier has become a rising star in California vineyards, as our American palates have evolved to appreciate more aromatic white wines. Still, the most desired bottlings of Viognier continue to come from Condrieu, a region just south of the city of Lyon. Centuries of cultivation here have taught producers how to...
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